The Big Box of Techno
Eric Archer, one of my favorite DIY-ers, has created a completely standalone techno generator. Housed is a box the size “of a medium pizza”, the Big Box of Techno includes two synths, a drum machine (actually a TR-808 emulator) and a sequencer.
All the sound-generating devices in the box play in synchronized rhythm, with one clock input driving the whole thing. Basically, it works using phase-locked loop technology, which subdivides the incoming whole-note clock into smaller subdivisions. There are no microcontrollers at all in the device.
It all fits beautifully into this nice wooden box:
I’m calling this one the “Big Box o’ Techno” for now until a better name appears. How else can I sum it up… analog laptop? Wooden groovebox? Its two synths, a sequencer, and drum machine stuffed into a wooden box about the size of a medium pizza… It consists of a mix of discrete digital logic, op amps, and transistor circuitry – basically all 1970’s technology. It is definitely a work in progress. Its job is to make funky techno muzik!
Funky indeed. Check out some of the music that comes out of this box:
Sounds better than some of the ‘composed’ music I’ve heard.
The Big Box of Techno has no memory or storage of any kind, so each performance is a completely live performance. There’s something very beautiful about music that is so fleeting….